Does contact with nature actually heal? Can fresh air and glorious views have an impact on the body? It’s hard to resist the uplifting awe that an expansive view of mountains or oceans can bring. But what if we had a natural ability to see and understand the beauties of our spiritual nature, no matter what views our eyes are taking in? My colleague, Wendy Margolese, writing for the February 18, 2016 edition of The Christian Science Monitor, has some inspiring ideas to share about a spiritual perspective on the great outdoors and on the nature of real being. Here’s Wendy:
My Facebook friends have been sharing photos lately of beautiful winter wonderlands – snow-filled yards and evergreen trees bending under the weight of snow-covered branches. Several pictures show families enjoying this fresh snowfall in various outdoor activities. I fondly recall a childhood spent enjoying such activities with my brothers in the snowy north of Canada.
Some people have suggested that being outdoors is a way to combat stress or depression in our lives. But many of us live or work where experiencing the great outdoors is limited.
I do agree that the beauty of nature can feel like a balm to such feelings, but I’ve come to learn that genuine healing power doesn’t come from timberlands or trail walks. It comes from Spirit, God, the only creator, who created everything after Himself spiritually. Created in God, then, we each have the natural ability to discern the beauty and grandeur of an existence that is spiritual….